There are many options for good food in Hoi An, but at White Lotus you can enjoy your meal even more knowing your money is going to a good cause.
Since Australian Geoff Shaw set up Project Indochina eight years ago, this NGO has provided homes and medicines for the poor and installed waste and water treatment plants in schools and hospitals throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
All proceeds from White Lotus go to the charity. The restaurant is also doing its bit to help break Vietnam’s poverty chain by employing and training local staff from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The restaurant is extremely clean and stylish and the food of a very high standard. Hoi An spring rolls will set you back 45,000 dong (£1.40), veggie mains 40,000 dong (£1.20) speciality mains 100,000 (£3) and pizzas 70,000 (£2.10).
Cookery courses with the head chef can also be arranged, which involve going to the local market to buy fresh produce, then returning to the restaurant by boat to prepare the food.
Visit Hoi An Old Quarter and you will be transported to ancient times. You will be overwhelmed by the number of delightful shops, offering everything that Vietnam is famous for. Lacquerware, ceramics and shoes are exquisitely made, but it is the tailors that hold the real star buy. Go into your chosen shop, view the many fabrics or choose from many catalogues for a tailored dress or suit. If you are not happy with an Italian style or general fitting, they will be very happy to make alterations. Just remember that bargaining is about building a rapport with the seller, be pleasant and patient. A thoroughly enjoyable cultural holiday by the beach.
One last hint: pack as little as possible!
We walked pass the Moon one night and were lured by the Vietnamese deco and antique look of the restaurant. We were then welcomed by friendly staff who kindly went through the menu. We decided to go for the set menu one.
The food is brilliant and served in reasonable portion. We thoroughly enjoyed the spring roll and tuna coated in tamarind sauce. All for $7.5 per person! For drink we went for tropical storm and i must say it's amazing.
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